Shashi Tharoor replies to the English Teacher who uses his name for self promotion

Shashi Tharoor is a recognised Indian politician, writer and a former career international diplomat who is currently working as Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, since 2009.

It is worth mentioning here that he was formerly Under-Secretary General of the United Nations and had also contested for the post of Secretary-General in the year 2006. Previously, he served as Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs from 2014 to 2019. 

Shashi Tharoor kick-started his political career in 2009 by joining the Indian National Congress and represented the party from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala by clinching the Lok Sabha elections and becoming a member of parliament.

When he was only 22 years old, he was the youngest to receive a doctorate in the history of the Fletcher School. This goes to show how good Shashi Tharoor was in his early days.

Even today, many are interested to know about his secret behind his rich and powerful vocabulary. He is known for the knack of using advanced words in his interaction over social media. Sometimes, he uses words like ‘farrago’, ‘rodomontade’, ‘floccinaucinihilipilification’ and other words which made netizens refer to a dictionary. 

The Thiruvananthapuram MP was recently featured in an online advertisement for an English coaching class. In an ad that went viral on social media, KD Campus Live – an online, video-based teaching platform – used the following phrase in Hindi to promote an online English coaching class:

“Angreji ke maatra 50 shabd seekh kar bane Shashi Tharoor aaj raat 10 baje”. Roughly translated, the line reads, “Learn just 50 english words and become Shashi Tharoor tonight at 10 pm”.

Name of the teacher, Neetu Singh, is also seen in the ad who will be conducting the class. The ad, which was posted last week, is becoming viral on social media like wildfire. So much so that it reached Tharoor himself. The witty politician and author took a dig at the ad while sharing an image of the ad on his Facebook page.

“Mujhe nahin lag raha hain ki 50 shabdon se Shashi Tharoor banega,” Tharoor wrote. Meaning, “I don’t think anyone can become Shashi Tharoor by just learning 50 words”.

The post has been becoming increasingly viral on Facebook where it has already been shared by hundreds of users and garnered over 19,000 likes so far.

While the ad seems to have made its mark, the fact that Tharoor unwittingly (we hope) made it to the ad is perhaps not a surprise. He did, after all, wrote The Tharoorosaurus, a thesaurus-style book in which he teaches people how to be more eloquent by replacing common verbiage with terrifyingly complex words to up your dinner party game.

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